can you have just one?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LindsayB, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 hens but I'm really only attached to one, its an easter egger that we raised as a day old chick. i want to get rid of the other three. would it be wrong keeping just one hen alone?
     
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    She would not be very happy alone.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Chickens are a flock animal and really aren't very happy alone.
     
  4. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I had it happen that I lost two of my three hens close together and we hadn't planned on getting more. I hadn't found BYC yet! [​IMG] Poor Rocky would spend all her time at our sliding glass door looking in for company. And yet she isn't a friendly chicken. We got two pullets and she was much happier. Now she has 14 friends to hang around with including roosters for the first time in her 10 years. She has a blast pushing them around!
     
  5. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, well what if I kept just one other hen with her?
     
  6. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you keep 1, sure. If you want to keep 2 why not.
    But, like the posts said prior to your 2nd question, chickens are a flock mentality. You as the human can do as you please. Some folks even have house chickens. So, its up to you what you want to do.
     

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